Vanja Douglas, MD

TitleAssociate Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
Address513 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco CA 94117
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    University of California, San Francisco2004Gold Headed Cane Finalist
    University of California, San Francisco2007Teaching Excellence Award for Cherished Housestaff
    University of California, San Francisco 2009Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching: Inpatient Care Setting
    University of California, San Francisco 2011Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society
    University of California, San Francisco 2012Robert B. Layzer Award for Resident Teaching
    University of California, San Francisco 2013Sara & Evan Williams Foundation Endowed Neurohospitalist Chair

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    Vanja completed medical school, residency, and fellowship at UCSF. He joined the faculty in the Neurohospitalist Division of the Department of Neurology at UCSF in 2009. He spends most of his time attending on the general neurology inpatient ward or consult services. Vanja is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents, and has won several teaching awards including the Henry J. Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2011, Vanja was appointed Director of Undergraduate Education for the Department of Neurology; in this capacity he will oversee the neurology clinical clerkships within the department.

    Vanja's research interests are in how systems of care impact quality for neurology inpatients and in the prediction, prevention, and management of delirium. He also is involved in research regarding finding better ways to teach the neurological examination. He is editor in chief of The Neurohospitalist, a peer-reviewed journal focused on inpatient neurology.

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    1. Hargrave A, Bastiaens J, Bourgeois JA, Neuhaus J, Josephson SA, Chinn J, Lee M, Leung J, Douglas V. Validation of a Nurse-Based Delirium-Screening Tool for Hospitalized Patients. Psychosomatics. 2017 Jul 24. PMID: 28750835.
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    2. Brown EG, Josephson SA, Anderson N, Reid M, Lee M, Douglas V. Predicting inpatient delirium: The AWOL delirium risk-stratification score in clinical practice. Geriatr Nurs. 2017 May 19. PMID: 28533062.
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    3. Langelier C, Reid MJ, Halabi C, Wietek N, LaRiviere A, Shah M, Wilson MR, Chin-Hong P, Douglas V, Kazacos KR, Babik JM. Baylisascaris procyonis-Associated Meningoencephalitis in a Previously Healthy Adult, California, USA. Emerg Infect Dis. 2016 08; 22(8):1480-4. PMID: 27434260; PMCID: PMC4982180.
    4. Robbins NM, Shah V, Benedetti N, Talbott JF, Chin CT, Douglas V, et al. Magnetic resonance neurography in the diagnosis of neuropathies of the lumbosacral plexus: a pictorial review. Clin Imaging. 2016 Nov - Dec; 40(6):1118-1130. PMID: 27454861.
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    5. Guterman EL, Douglas V, Shah MP, Parsons T, Barba J, Josephson SA. National characteristics and predictors of neurologic 30-day readmissions. Neurology. 2016 Feb 16; 86(7):669-75. PMID: 26791149.
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    6. Shah M, Douglas V, Scott B, Josephson SA. A Neurohospitalist Discharge Clinic Shortens the Transition From Inpatient to Outpatient Care. Neurohospitalist. 2016 Apr; 6(2):64-9. PMID: 27053983; PMCID: PMC4802776.
    7. Josephson SA, Douglas V. Hospitalist Neurology. Semin Neurol. 2015 Dec; 35(6):609. PMID: 26595860.
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    8. Brown EG, Douglas V. Moving Beyond Metabolic Encephalopathy: An Update on Delirium Prevention, Workup, and Management. Semin Neurol. 2015 Dec; 35(6):646-55. PMID: 26595865.
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    9. Pastula DM, Burish M, Reis GF, Bollen A, Cha S, Ralph J, Douglas V. Adult-onset central nervous system hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis: a case report. BMC Neurol. 2015 Oct 14; 15:203. PMID: 26467435; PMCID: PMC4606887.
    10. Zeng L, Josephson SA, Fukuda KA, Neuhaus J, Douglas V. A Prospective Comparison of Informant-based and Performance-based Dementia Screening Tools to Predict In-Hospital Delirium. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2015 Oct-Dec; 29(4):312-6. PMID: 25350550; PMCID: PMC4411195 [Available on 10/01/16].
    11. Douglas V, Shamy M, Bhattacharya P. Should CT Angiography be a Routine Component of Acute Stroke Imaging? Neurohospitalist. 2015 Jul; 5(3):97-8. PMID: 26288667; PMCID: PMC4530427.
    12. Horton JC, Douglas V, Cha S. Reduced apparent diffusion coefficient in neuromyelitis optica-associated optic neuropathy. J Neuroophthalmol. 2015 Mar; 35(1):101-2. PMID: 25574902; PMCID: PMC4654107.
    13. Chiovaro J, Douglas V, Gaggar A, Dhaliwal G. Exhausting the differential. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 May; 29(5):808-12. PMID: 24395100; PMCID: PMC4000344.
    14. Kamel H, Betjemann JP, Navi BB, Hegde M, Meisel K, Douglas V, Josephson SA. Diagnostic yield of electroencephalography in the medical and surgical intensive care unit. Neurocrit Care. 2013 Dec; 19(3):336-41. PMID: 22820998.
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    15. Betjemann JP, Nguyen I, Santos-Sanchez C, Douglas V, Josephson SA. Diagnostic yield of electroencephalography in a general inpatient population. Neurodiagn J. 2013 Sep; 53(3):207-16. PMID: 24046969.
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    16. Douglas V, Hessler CS, Dhaliwal G, Betjemann JP, Fukuda KA, Alameddine LR, Lucatorto R, Johnston SC, Josephson SA. The AWOL tool: derivation and validation of a delirium prediction rule. J Hosp Med. 2013 Sep; 8(9):493-9. PMID: 23922253.
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    17. Rubenstein JL, Wong VS, Kadoch C, Gao HX, Barajas R, Chen L, Josephson SA, Scott B, Douglas V, Maiti M, Kaplan LD, Treseler PA, Cha S, Hwang JH, Cinque P, Cyster JG, Lowell C. CXCL13 plus interleukin 10 is highly specific for the diagnosis of CNS lymphoma. Blood. 2013 Jun 06; 121(23):4740-8. PMID: 23570798; PMCID: PMC3674672.
    18. Betjemann JP, Nguyen I, Santos-Sanchez C, Douglas V, Josephson SA. Diagnostic yield of electroencephalography in a general inpatient population. Mayo Clin Proc. 2013 Apr; 88(4):326-31. PMID: 23541007.
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    19. Scott BJ, Douglas V, Tihan T, Rubenstein JL, Josephson SA. A systematic approach to the diagnosis of suspected central nervous system lymphoma. JAMA Neurol. 2013 Mar 01; 70(3):311-9. PMID: 23319132; PMCID: PMC4135394.
    20. Cassese T, Kaplan E, Douglas V, Dhaliwal G. Getting to the right question. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Sep; 28(9):1242-6. PMID: 23184311; PMCID: PMC3744316.
    21. Douglas V, Scott BJ, Berg G, Freeman WD, Josephson SA. Effect of a neurohospitalist service on outcomes at an academic medical center. Neurology. 2012 Sep 04; 79(10):988-94. PMID: 22914833.
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    22. Toossi S, Josephson SA, Hetts SW, Chin CT, Kralik S, Jun P, Douglas V. Utility of MRI in spinal arteriovenous fistula. Neurology. 2012 Jul 03; 79(1):25-30. PMID: 22592367.
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    23. Douglas V. A message from the editor in chief. Neurohospitalist. 2012 Apr; 2(2):45. PMID: 23983862; PMCID: PMC3745178.
    24. Hetts SW, Moftakhar P, English JD, Dowd CF, Higashida RT, Lawton MT, Douglas V, Halbach VV. Spinal dural arteriovenous fistulas and intrathecal venous drainage: correlation between digital subtraction angiography, magnetic resonance imaging, and clinical findings. J Neurosurg Spine. 2012 May; 16(5):433-40. PMID: 22324803.
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    25. Douglas V, Josephson SA. Altered mental status. Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2011 Oct; 17(5 Neurologic Consultation in the Hospital):967-83. PMID: 22809977.
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    26. Douglas V, Neuhaus J, Johnson JK, Racine CA, Miller BL, Josephson SA. Dementia=(MC)2: a 4-item screening test for mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2011 Jul-Sep; 25(3):220-4. PMID: 21566510; PMCID: PMC3156889.
    27. Douglas V, Josephson SA. A proposed roadmap for inpatient neurology quality indicators. Neurohospitalist. 2011 Jan; 1(1):8-15. PMID: 23983832; PMCID: PMC3726101.
    28. Douglas V. A message from the editor in chief. Neurohospitalist. 2011 Jan; 1(1):4. PMID: 23983830; PMCID: PMC3726105.
    29. Woolley J, Douglas V, Cree BA. Neuromyelitis optica, psychiatric symptoms and primary polydipsia: a case report. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2010 Nov-Dec; 32(6):648.e5-8. PMID: 21112466.
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    30. Burnett MM, Hess CP, Roberts JP, Bass NM, Douglas V, Josephson SA. Presentation of reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome in patients on calcineurin inhibitors. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2010 Dec; 112(10):886-91. PMID: 20800343.
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    31. Kim AS, Sidney S, Bernstein AL, Douglas V, Johnston SC. Urgent neurology consultation from the ED for transient ischemic attack. Am J Emerg Med. 2011 Jul; 29(6):601-8. PMID: 20825839; PMCID: PMC3005542.
    32. Douglas V, Josephson SA. Delirium. Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2010 Apr; 16(2 Dementia):120-34. PMID: 22810284.
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    33. Josephson SA, Douglas V, Lawton MT, English JD, Smith WS, Ko NU. Improvement in intensive care unit outcomes in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage after initiation of neurointensivist co-management. J Neurosurg. 2010 Mar; 112(3):626-30. PMID: 19731990.
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    34. Douglas V, DeArmond SJ, Aminoff MJ, Miller BL, Rabinovici GD. Seizures in corticobasal degeneration: a case report. Neurocase. 2009 Aug; 15(4):352-6. PMID: 19544144; PMCID: PMC2829102.
    35. Douglas V, Tong DC, Gillum LA, Zhao S, Brass LM, Dostal J, Johnston SC. Do the Brain Attack Coalition's criteria for stroke centers improve care for ischemic stroke? Neurology. 2005 Feb 08; 64(3):422-7. PMID: 15699369.
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    36. Elkins JS, Douglas V, Johnston SC. Alzheimer disease risk and genetic variation in ACE: a meta-analysis. Neurology. 2004 Feb 10; 62(3):363-8. PMID: 14872014.
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    37. Douglas V, Johnston CM, Elkins J, Sidney S, Gress DR, Johnston SC. Head computed tomography findings predict short-term stroke risk after transient ischemic attack. Stroke. 2003 Dec; 34(12):2894-8. PMID: 14615614.
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    38. Aszterbaum M, Epstein J, Oro A, Douglas V, LeBoit PE, Scott MP, Epstein EH. Ultraviolet and ionizing radiation enhance the growth of BCCs and trichoblastomas in patched heterozygous knockout mice. Nat Med. 1999 Nov; 5(11):1285-91. PMID: 10545995.
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